To reach their full potential, children need high-quality health care and services—especially in life’s early years. Health promotion, safety, disease prevention, and early identification and treatment during these earliest years lay the foundation for healthy development.
Mounting evidence that health during childhood sets the stage for adult health creates an important ethical, social, and economic imperative to ensure that all children are as healthy as they can be. Healthy children are more likely to become healthy adults. FPG's scientists study many aspects of child health and development—from prenatal health to infant brain development to stress management in adolescents.
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Recognizing the underrepresentation in research studies of young children and families living in rural poverty, a group of scholars―including some at FPG―created the Family Life Project (FLP). This multidisciplinary longitudinal study used an epidemiologic sampling frame to recruit a representative sample of every baby born in one of six poor rural counties in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Sabrina Zadrozny, PhD, is a statistician investigator and the Data Management and Analysis Core Director here at FPG. She is an interdisciplinary epidemiologist, with training in longitudinal research methods, causal inference, infectious disease epidemiology, and reproductive, pediatric, and perinatal epidemiology.
An FPG study seeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of Targeted Reading Instruction (TRI) in helping grade 1 struggling readers make substantial gains in reading during one school year. It extends prior TRI studies by conducting an independent external evaluation of the TRI, testing long-term impacts for struggling readers into grade 3, and examining teachers' sustained impacts for three years.